PORTLAND, Ore. - A Vancouver, Wash., man has been acquitted of charges that he attempted to arrange an interstate murder-for-hire scheme.
The Oregonian reports a jury unanimously voted to acquit 48-year-old Darryl Belk.
Belk had contended that he wanted to frame his ex-girlfriend by planting drugs or a gun in her car.
Prosecutors had said Belk agreed to pay $8,000 for a murder-for-hire scheme while discussing the alleged plot with an undercover FBI agent at a Portland hotel in April.
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Belk's attorney says he only agreed to the deal to end the meeting, where the undercover agent "scared the bejesus out of him."
Belk contacted a friend in California about a vague plan concerning his ex-girlfriend.
The friend reported the call to the FBI, who set up a sting.